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Innovation and Immigration – Insights from a Placement Policy

Vera Jahn () and Max Steinhardt ()

No 164/2016, Working Paper from Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg

Abstract: The paper examines the impact of immigration on innovation. We exploit an immigrant placement policy which took place during the early nineties in Germany when large numbers of so called ethnic Germans entered the country. This allows us to overcome the potential bias of endogenous location decisions and to estimate how regional inflows of ethnic Germans affected patent applications over time. Although the majority of ethnic German inflows was unskilled, we do not find any evidence of a negative impact on innovations. Instead, our panel estimates suggest that immigration had no or even a positive impact on innovations.

Keywords: Innovation; Immigration; Ethnic Germans; Quasi-experimental setting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 O32 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-int, nep-mig and nep-ure
Date: 2016-02-29
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